August 01, 2002 - Msg 8215: No family should ever attempt a car trip if the children outnumber the windows.
Brought to you by Opie, leading newspaper man and snazzy dancer

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8216: Ok now WHO swept up the porch?? Just stopped by on my way to grab some lunch then head over to Asa's to wash that truck. May have to get Goober to check it out for me. Speed speed speed thats all he ever does. I told him I told him but he dont listen. See yall later--Salty D

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8217: Howdy, all! Good to see everyone - don't have much time. Gotta run back over to my dad's assisted living residence. He's taken a definite turn, much more confused today and more than a little bit agitated as well. I've spent the afternoon trying to pacify him, and gotta go back. There's a picture he's demanding, and it's in storage, and I just hope I can find it. Wish me luck. Wish I had a bell on that dratted picture. Well, have a great evening, friends. Sugarplum says hey!--Romeena

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8218: So is that what you call it? Sweeping the porch? Well, it looks right clean and all but I kind 'o miss all the clutter! Well, I made it through the last 18 hours or so, and I'm still here after herding all them kids around! Hope y'all have a great day?
Mary Wiggins

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8219: As I posted I saw your's Romeena, I hope you find that picture. Good luck with your Dad.

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8220: Romeena - you are a good daughter - the way you take care of your dad. Good luck finding the picture.
Well Mary -glad you got the kids - mine are driving me nuts today. This is when I wish we had a kiddie pool!


August 01, 2002 - Msg 8221: Ro, I'll ask St. Anthony to find your lost picture for your Dad. You're a good daughter, you are!

~ Mrs. Wiley

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8222: Andy: "Well, give him a little sugar. Awww. Isn't that nice? A little sugar on the jaw."

This moment brought to you by ~ Mrs. Wiley

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8223: Barney: "You don't just come out and kiss a deputy sheriff on the jaw right on the street."

Brought to you by Hazel

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8224: Gomer: :Shazaam."
This moment brought to you by Asa

August 01, 2002 - Msg 8225: A fair good-evenin' to you all, gentlefolk. Just about the time I find y'all again somebody dumped a bucket of busy on me. Daughter Sarah Kate leaves tomorrow after a week & back to her husband and patients in ICU. My Huckleberry boy (7) wants to know when "fall ball" starts and our customers want us on site everywhere from the Houston area to Alexandria, Louisiana...... tomorrow. Ah, well, so long as I keep waking up on the right side of the grass everything will be most well. Romeena, take Mrs. Wiley up on the St. Anthony offer. He works overtime for us poor folk who can't keep everything to hand. A holy sleep to you all tonite & I'll try to re-acquaint myself in the coming days. Blessings..... Jake

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8226: Thank you, Jake, and Mrs. Wiley, and homemaker and Mary Wiggins, and all you good friends here. I'm not too sure about the "good daughter" part, but I know how he and my dear little mom cared for me when I was a child, and whatever I can do now for him is little enough. Didn't get to do much for my mother, she was pretty healthy right up until the last two months of her life, thank the Lord.
No luck on the picture yet, but still have a couple of places to look.
Well, off I go. Sugarplum has already huffed off to bed, and will commandeer the best spot on the pillow if I don't hurry. Have a great day tomorrow, porchsters. What would we do without each other?--Romeena

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8227: Hey folks, I'm new in town and was wonderin' if I could join you on the porch? The name's Harlin Walker, but my friends call me "Boo", you know, like Boo Radley from 'To Kill A Mockingbird." Anyway, mind if I sit a spell, the heat is just terrible! Can't wait till Fall. How about Ya'll?
You know, I was borned and raised in Texas and we believe in helpin' our fella man, so you can count on me if ya need anything.
I am used to the heat, bein' raised in El Paso. The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms outta the ground there!
What do ya'll think about those two young girls gettin' abducted in California?

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8228: Good morning Porch, and welcome to ya Boo! Some good food there in El Paso, yessir! Thank God those young girls were found unharmed. And welcome Jake! Keep that busy bucket away from me, I've got all I can handle here. It's Friday. Or where I work, "Fire-day".

~ Mrs. Wiley

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8229: Morning porch, wheres my coffee? Welcome to ya Jake and Boo See ya later--Salty Dog

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8230: Welcome to Boo. One of my favorite books is "To Kill a Mockingbird". Happy Fireday, Ms. Wiley. Keep a good thought. Romeena, you know that picture will be in the last place you look. And I don't know what we'd do without each other either. sniff.
- Hazel

Barney: A sadder but wiser man. That's me in a nutshell.

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8231: Salty, you snuck in on me. Morning. Yeah. Just where is our coffee?
- Hazel

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8232: I poured it down the drain!!! Sorry, thought you were done with it. Made some hot choclate if you like.
Hey to Jake and Boo. Welcome to the porch.
Hey Romeena, youare a grand Daughter and an angel. Bless you.
And bless you Mrs Wiley and your situation. This has to be wearing on you. I pray you will have peace of heart dear.
Good Friday to all. Weekend plans?


August 02, 2002 - Msg 8233: What? You poured it down the drain? If that aint the... I oughtta... you know how I get when I don't have my coffee. I'm gona have to call in sick now. I can't go to work without any coffee.
- Hazel

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8234: Mornin' Y'all! Welcome to Boo-you'll like it here on the porch!
Mrs. Wiley-all I can tell you is "Keep The Faith" and to know all of us are here to support you.
Romeena,I empathize with you-I'm sorta in the same situation. My mom had major spinal surgery back in June and I'm over at her house all the time doing for her and running errands.It ain't easy,that's for sure. Good luck with the picture,by the way.
Salty,PLEASE make another pot of coffee so's this here possum can wake up! I'm typing and snoring at the same time! Ha Ha
Those kidnapped girls were lucky,even though the man assaulted them. Heard the Sherriff from the county in which they were found say on Larry King Live last night that there was no doubt they would have been killed and he guessed that they were about 10 minutes away from being murdered when the police found them. I pray that all these abductions and killings stop. Maybe all the "bad guys" will look at how things ended for this guy and think twice.
Off the soapbox now- Y'all all have a great day and enjoy the weekend!

possum under a rock

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8235: Good Morning Porch!
Greetings Boo. You were so brave when you fought off that man in the woods to save Jem and Scout! I really love the "moving picture" version with Gregory Peck. Romeena, I know that picture will be in the last place you look because after you find it you'll stop looking! Possum and Romeena I lost my mom almost 5 years ago(is it really that long?) and that last 9 months with her were some of the most precious I ever had. I was 40 years old and pregnant (so I was REAL cranky) and I got short with my mom a couple times after we first knew how sick she was. I felt like the scum UNDER the bucket. I prayed and asked God to give me patience and wisdom, after that I never lost my patience with my mom, and i give God the glory for that 'cause if you knew me well you might wish you didn't!! After my little boy was born I left the hospital asap so my dear mom could see her second grandson! And what a blessing he has been. Well, enough of my ramblings, I just wanted to encourage you to keep your chin up and know that lots of people (including me) are praying for you to have strength and patience while you support your folks at this time.
Mary Wiggins

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8236: Hey, thanks for the warm welcome, ya'll! I'm feelin' like I belong, already. I forgot to tell ya that Ellie Walker is my cousin. Her Daddy was my Daddy's brother. She is doin' well. I get a Christmas card from her and Dub most every year. After Ellie got married and moved off, she had three sons. She quit bein' a lady druggist and stayed home with kids. They are all growed up, a course and they turned out real good. Her oldest , Mack, is a pharmacist, then there is Wally. He is a bean farmer over in Kansas. The youngest boy, Little Andy, is a newspaper editor. Ain't that somethin'? Talk at ya later! Boo Walker

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8237: You poured coffee down the drain?? Asa Asa Asa what are we gonna do with you? Boy if it wasn't Friday I'd.....I'd.... well you just better be glad it's Friday is all I can say. Off to work had a glass of sweet tea so maybe that will wake me up. See yall later on!--Salty

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8238: Afternoon, friends! Salty, can you believe Asa poured the coffee out? Doesn't he know that you add the leftover coffee to the potroast that's simmering for tonight's supper? Well, OK, maybe he wasn't cooking a roast. Anyway, you'd love what it does to potroast gravy. Yum! Personally, that's about the only way I get coffee. Can't stand to drink it, but I do love my tea.
Boo Walker, welcome to our Mayberry and the porch. Was that Robert Duvall's first movie role, when he played Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird"? First time I'd ever seen him. That's one of my favorite movies, and I've read the book about four times. Enjoyed it every time.
Thank you all, for your kind words regarding my dad's situation. Saw him today, he's a little better, but still confused and easily agitated.
Mrs. Wiley, I'll continue to pray for your work situation. That can flat-dog wear you out, the uncertainty and the turmoil. Hang in there, hon. If God closes this door, he'll open a window for you somewhere. --Romeena

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8239: Good morning everyone. I am in search of photos of Floyd the barber for an ill friend who is a big fan. Can someone director me to a site, or canthey give me the name of the actor who portrayed him. Thanks - Steve

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8240: "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."

This is brought to you by Opie, leading newspaperman and snazzy dancer

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8241: Hey Floyd - I believe #8239 is directed to you!

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8242: Jiminy! It's too hot out for the cicadas to sing right now. Sun's bearin' down so you see all the "sparkly" stuff in the concrete an' I saw a lizard fannin' himself. Well, OK, not really but it's DANG hot. I'll bet the lemonade glasses are sweatin' and puddlin' on the Porch this afternoon. Looking forward to twilight. Y'all stay comfortable & we'll check in on you later. Blessings... Jake

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8243: Hey! Where y'all are?? Have ya' all gone under the Porch with the spiders?? That's where I'd be if I was a spider.... Blessings, Jake

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8244: You know, I started to time that last message (#8243) but didn't quite know how to do it. Should I do it in CDT (Central Daylight Time)or "Universal Time" (the old GMT or Greenwich Mean Time)? Shall I use the new 8/2/02 "CE" or "Common Era" or should I follow my heart and refer to 8/2/02 A.D. (Anno Domini or Year of our Lord)? Frankly, I'm a bit tired of accommodating the lowest common denominator. It's Greenwich Mean Time because the 0 meridian passes through Greenwich, England and that's where we start the clock. It's A.D. because St. Gregory the Great created the calendar we now use (i.e., the Gregorian calendar)and he was a Christian and a cleric. Build a bridge and get over it world! If you really want to change it, don't complain, come up with something better! Any takers??..... I didn't think so.... Blessings, Jake

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8245: Jake, your education was worth every penny.
- Hazel

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8246: Hey to the Porch.

Jake, did they put too much starch in your shirt again?


August 02, 2002 - Msg 8247: Hey y'all, thanks for all the kind words, prayers and support. I made it through the day with no firings (knock on wood). We did have a 'pep-talk' from U.B.L., but things are still shakey until we get more investors. Their trying to have customers pay for the development of the 'software' that drives our business. Poor customers. They think their buying an Oldsmobile, and they get the A-frame, the steering wheel and half a gas tank. No owners manual.

Jake, keep on talkin', I like what you have to say! Asa, what ARE we gonna do with you? Guess we'll overlook it this time, seein' as how we now all know about coffe in gravy... mmm sounds good Ro! I'm "Plum" tuckered out, so off to bed. Don't forget to say your prayers!

~ Mrs. Wiley
very thankful for you all

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8248: Hey, Porch...
Thanks for the kind comments. I apologise for my "rant". It's been a long week for all of us. Jelsik, I think I like you. We could have some fine "discussions" and it'd be fun for us but likely be misconstrued by the porch as a moulage. I promise I'll behave..... well, for awhile anyhow, 'til I've been back for a bit. No, no starch. You'll know.

I'm just an "us". I believe in being honest and forthright without necessarily being rude. I respect each of you as you obviously respect one another. I'm a country boy. I work hard, play hard and live hard because no one knows the length of his life and it's a gift. I give obedience to my Lord, my family and my country in that order. I love wide-open knowing I'll be hurt but everything has its price and it's worth it. I value your friendship and offer mine with no expectations. However,...... if you take it you get my prayers, my good intentions, my good wishes. It's OK to decline but it's all out in front with nothing hidden. It's how I run my life and I won't apologise for it.

OK, no more soapbox. On the other hand I think more soapbox from everyone would be a good thing. It's a freedom we're guaranteed and Mayberry was a place it wasn't out of place. Lord, don't I wish I could raise my children and grandchildren there. You're all a "taste" of that place and I thank you. May God bless you each and may you "Go Under the Mercy". Blessings..... Jake

August 02, 2002 - Msg 8249: Well tonight was the last nite of Vacation Bible School and the boys got to take a goat for one of the leaders to kiss. They made their missions goal of $600. So we were asked to bring in our babies for them to kiss. How exciting for my little goat herders to be A #1 tonight.

We did have a bit of a scare this afternoon - my oldest Opie got bit/stung/injured by a nasty looking bug. He just has swelling but we were unsure of the insect so we hauled him off to the local emergency room to be checked out. He's fine and he's sitting here playing with his super duper fire truck. But the doc suggested we find out what kind of bug it is.

Now Jake - on this time thing, I think maybe you should base it on ESDT for right now because the real Mayberry would be on Eastern Daylight Savings Time as opposed to where I live in Indiana and we are on Eastern Standard Time year round. But we have those in the group that are in different time zones - so maybe you should just be accomodating to all of us and list the different time zones for us all. But since I am not that smart and neither have the time nor the energy to list all of the timw zones it is 9:30 Eastern Standard Time amd Leave it to Beaver has just started and TAGS has just finished up on TV Land.

Have a wonderful evening and oh - Jake, welcome to the porch - you fit right in!


August 03, 2002 - Msg 8250: I take my watch off when I get on the porch. Don't care what time it is. Wish it would stand still on the porch. Welcome Jake, hope you like your stay here. Fine people here, just fine.


August 03, 2002 - Msg 8251: Hey Ya'll, I sure do like that goat kissin' idea. I think I'll suggest it at next years VBS. Reminds me of a joke. How many Baptists does it take to change a light bulb? Enough to form 12 commitees and someone to decide who should bring the potato salad. If you are a southern Baptist, you'll sure enough understand that one.
I'm not sure if 'Mockingbird' was Duvall's first picture but I saw him recently on an old Twilight Zone and he looked even younger in that.
I really like that old Robert Duvall. He's a Texas boy, ya know.
I never did tell ya how I got my nickname of Boo. Well, a long time ago when the movie 'To Kill A Mockingbird' came out, I was pretty young and my family lived on a little farm where we raised a few cows and pigs for food. We did our own butcherin' and such. Well, Momma always had to have a big ham on Easter Sunday and she had saved just such a ham from the last butcherin'. Well, on this particular Easter Sunday, that ham was cookin while we were in church. Well, we got home just in time to see one of the neighbor young uns' takin' out the back door with our ham! Well, Momma was a'screamin, "save the ham! Save the ham!". So I took out after the kid and got our ham back. After that, they started calling me Boo Radley because I "saved the ham". Get it? The name stuck.
Hey, Jake I think I'm gonna like you. You sure you ain't from Texas?-----Boo Walker

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8252: Morning porch! Looks like everyone is still asleep. Jake I think I am gonna like ya too buddy. You pretty much summed up the way I feel about things as well as the others around here.MRs. W hope things get better for you girl and Ro, good luck finding that picture HM glad ya had good week at VBS. Asa, now I left a pot of coffee on the table and Please do not pour it out. Hey to Boo never saw that movie but it sounds good. Yall have a good day, I am off to work again!-Salty Dog

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8253: " I WANT TO WRITE MY SENTENCE! "

possum under a rock

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8254: I got a snail mail from Mavis. her computer is still in the shop waiting for a technician to work on it. I told her to let Emmett "whack" it. She misses you folks and told me to pass that along to you.
Still no news from Tom.
Welcome Boo. I got a cat named Boo.
Have a great weekend.
Miss Ellie

"he can't sing, not a lick." Thelma Lou

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8255: Thanks for the Mavis update Miss Ellie. I'm afeared I may join her soon. My puter is ailing bad. Tried to fix it myself last night. Shoulda never tried that. Oh well. Anyone got an incant for a computer?
OK Salty, I'll leave yer coffee be. Just trying to help.:)


August 03, 2002 - Msg 8256: Salty! Honey, I can't believe you never saw "To Kill A Mockingbird"! You get right down to the library and get the book and read it. Then you go to the video store and get the movie and watch it! Classics. The movie follows the book almost word for word, which is rare. Trust me, you can't miss this. Why, possum lives under a rock, and I'll bet she's seen/read TKAM.
Jake, go get 'em, son! I, too, am sick of this "accommodate me or else" society. If'n you want to indicate time, use Mayberry time (MT), like homemaker said. We're all capable of converting it to our local time, and if I wasn't, I wouldn't admit it! And Asa is right. Time doesn't matter here, anyway.
homemaker, I hope your little one is over that bug bite, and that it wasn't some particularly mean-spirited bug.Boo, I love the ham story. That's a family classic for sure. Reminds me of one of our family's memories - when my father and his cousin crawled under the house and killed the neighbor's chicken with a 2x4. As my wheelchair-bound aunt was plucking the feathers, she kept murmuring "You boys shouldn't have done this, you know". Word is that the chicken was right tasty, and the dumplings were good, too!
Well, off I go, in search of a 4-port USB connector for my 'puter. Poor thing has run out of ports, and there are two more things to be attached, with no place to put them. Sugarplum says hey!--Romeena

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8257: Salty,reckon we ought to head over to Mt. Pilot tonight and catch that movie called " To Kill A Mockingbird ". I'll spring for the popcorn and sodas,okie dokie?

possum(who's never seen or read TKAM) under a rock

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8258: Can I come to? I ain't never seen it. Sounded to violent for me.:) But if Romeena reccomends it, it's gotta be good. I trust her judgment impli...impilic...implec... a lot.


August 03, 2002 - Msg 8259: My stars! How young are you people? Am I the only one ancient enough to have both read and seen TKAM? Gregory Peck gave one of his most powerful performances - a quiet country lawyer who stands tall for right, and is a hero in every sense of the word. The violence is implied, never actually seen. There are some tragic parts, but it tells things the way they are, or were, and should be a lesson for all of us today. The kids are endearing, the father is wise, and it makes you believe there's hope for us all.--Romeena

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8260: Romeena, I don't think they're too young, I think they're too old to remember TKAM! It has been required reading in most schools for a long time. No offense, a course. I agree, its one of the greatest books and movies ever. There is somethin' I wanted to pass on to you good folks on the porch; if you have young 'uns or grand young'uns, There is a web site,, that talks about somethin' called Escape School and they have some great tips on teaching your young'uns h ow to avoid being the victim of abduction or what to do if they get abducted. Real good stuff. Check it out. Just wanted to pass that on. Have a wonderful day. Oh, one more thing, my wife Beulah says to tell the ladies on the porch to check out because you will love it. Talk at ya soon. Boo

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8261: Wait a minute, Beulah just hit me over the head and said I gave Ya'll the wrong address, its suposed to be Sorry.---Boo

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8262: Romeena, not only have I read the book about 6 times, but I have the video. And as I said up there in Msg. 8230, it's one of my favorites! Asa, I'm working on that incant for you.
- Hazel

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8263: Hazel, glad to know I'm not the only one who re-reads a favorite book many times. I, too, have the video. It's been my pleasure several times to watch it with a friend who has never seen it, and observe their reaction. Honestly, those two kids are just so special. In the very early '60s, my husband and I lived for 16 months in Carruthersville, Mo. That little town could have been the filming site for TKAM. The old prairie-style houses, with big front porches and tall trees - perfect. There was a spooky old house down the street that could easily have been the Radley's house. I never see the movie without remembering that little town.--Romeena

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8264: Hey! Thank y'all mighty for the welcome. Yep, this is the same Porch I remember. Boo... of course I'm from Texas. Born in Abilene, live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area & the first member of my family managed to get hisself killed at the Alamo. Asa... hmmm... I had a great-great-great granduncle named Asa. Was a family name goin' all the way back to Alabama/Tennessee/Virginia. Thanks for the hoo-rah Romeena. Didn't mean to come off all aggressive but we can't have the wonderful civilized times on the Porch or our homes or our churches without standing up and declaring there is a REAL, IDENTIFIABLE right and wrong. BTW, I think my favorite line of the movie, TKAM, is when Gregory Peck packs up his briefcase and walks out of the empty courtroom (but still with a full upper gallery)and a gentleman reaches down and gently shakes Scout and says, "Stand up, child. Your father's passing." Still sends chills up my spine. My Papa was such a man who commanded (and earned) that kind of respect. I'm gonna' go watch the sun cook the grass now. Y'all stay cool in the shade. Blessings... Jake

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8265: Afternoon,Porchsters! Asa,you're certainly welcome to come along with Salty & me to the picture show.To Kill A Mockingbird came out back in the 60's,didn't it? I was just a little possum back then! Guess I never got around to watching it once I grew up. Nah,wait a minute...I AIN'T grown up yet- that'd make me OLD!!! Ha Ha Ha
Anyways,we've got to get to that picture show over in Mt. Pilot.Salty,you driving? Hope you don't drive like that Gilly Walker. Asa,I promised to buy the popcorn and soda,so I'll stuff a few extra nickels and dimes in my pocket so's I can treat you as well! We'll have to stop by Boo's place first and drop off a jar of that Miracle Salve since Beulah whomped him on the head! Poor Boo- went and got himself a goose egg on account of not calling the GOOSEberry patch by it's right name! :)
Don't think I've thrown out a "Howdy" to Jake yet,so "HOWDY JAKE"- I had a dog once named Jake.He was a good dog...I KNOW that's a country song,but honest,I did,and he was!
Better quit my rambling on here and go get ready for that picture show! Y'all have a great evening!

possum under a rock

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8266: Well I'm all dressed and ready. Gotta gallon of brylcream on my head. I know, they said a little dap will do ya, but this stuff is 30 years old so I figgered it lost some pizzazz along the way. Lord knows I have. Thanks fer letting me come possum. Salty, just honk when you get out front.


August 03, 2002 - Msg 8267: You look fine, Asa, just fine.
Listen, after the picture show, the girls are gonna want to go you and Posstum better think up some a headache or something...
course, it IS Saturday night...they ARE good dancers...


"your hair's dripping..."

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8268:

Asa's got hot knees!
~ Mrs. Wiley

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8269: Good evening ya'll - another busy Saturday. . .went to the funeral of one my good teacher friend's father. . .he had a massive heart attack. Very sad.
And as for TKAM - I've read the book and saw the movie because way back when - in high school we had a best sellers English class where we read best sellers - not always current but literary giants. Then sometimes we got to see the movie. The only book I couldn't finish or watch the movie was "The Hiding Place."

Oh well - the kids are screaming. . . .again.


August 03, 2002 - Msg 8270: Laawww, Jake, you hit home with that quote from TKAM. That's my favorite line, too. In fact, I have on more than one occasion set up the tape just to watch that scene. "Miss Jean Louise, stand up, Miss Jean Louise. Your father's passin'." Still just gives me chills. The sad, weary dignity in Atticus's posture as he walked away was just so moving. Great movie, indeed. Asa and Salty and possum and Jelsik and anyone else that's going to the movie - you're in for a real treat. No nudity, no "adult" scenes, not even any language. Just a very good movie. Sorta proves it can be done, doesn't it?--Romeena

August 03, 2002 - Msg 8271: Welcome back Jake.
I went to a wedding of my cousin today. Nice wedding. My uncle V.M. who suffered a bad stroke in April did well. I was really worried that he might push himself, but he didn't and the family didn't push him. He was yawning though by time he left. Basically wheelchair bound unless he has his walker and someone to keep him from leaning, he has made very slow improvement. I encouraged him not to give up to keep his therapy up and sometimes it just takes time, sometimes a long time, but not to give up.
I got to spend much time with my uncle during the reception while his wife mingled. It was good to sit with him and talk, tell him how much he means to me, thank him for how good he has been to me. He is kind of the bashful type as far as showing affection and he told me he loved me too and I hugged him and he patted my back a long time after I let go of the hug. Just meant a lot to me. I just pray one day he'll back back to his old self.
Romeena, sorry to hear your Daddy is confused. My uncle has suffered some brain damage. Often repeats what you say and gets confused sometimes. Sorry to be so long winded. I love in TAGS how Andy hugged Opie. I think it is good to show affection.
Have a great Sunday.
Miss Ellie
"next thing you know, you'll be changing your mailbox to read Mr. and Mrs. Andy Taylor." Floyd Lawson

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8272: Homemaker, how come you couldn't finish "The Hiding Place"? That's another of my favorite books. I've never seen the movie. I hope the group that went to see TKAM had a good time. Better not be any popcorn butter stains on their clothes. Mr. Goss will have a fit. Well, it's 10:15 p.m where I am, but I think this thing will post as August 4th already. So it will look like I'm the first one up. So... Good Morning!
- Hazel

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8273: Hello porch! it is 11:47 pm here, but I see it will post like Hazel's , so when I say goodnight it will be good morning also. Hello Miss Ellie. I have been so busy since I quit work! My brother is home now doing well my aunt went home this week end she is better, I have a cousin that went home they say they got all the cancer & my other cousin went to the nursing home till she can walk on her own again. Prasie God they are all ok. Asia Marie is doing well & she is off on vacation again. School will start soon. Kayleigh is home from church camp & Sabrina is glad of it, she missed her so. I haven't got to read all the post yet so ifin there were any birthdays or annivesaries hope they were happy & great ones. God Bless you all Miss Ellen Brown

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8274:
Morning Y'all! Well,when we got to the picture show they weren't playing To Kill A Mockingbird-they were showing one of those Cary Grant pictures again. Asa said "Judy,Judy,Judy" all the way back home to Mayberry! AND he got popcorn butter all over his clothes! It was a typical hot summer evening and Asa's brylcreme started to drip and run down the back of his neck onto his suit. Since Salty was driving,I tried to help Asa out and catch it with an old rag that Salty had in her vehicle,but I think some of that brylcreme managed to ooze on past and onto Asa's suit. Mix that stuff with popcorn butter and Mr. Goss at the cleaners is gonna have himself a fit trying to get those stains out! And poor Asa had himself slicked down so nice too! Guess we'll have to head back over to the picture show in Mt. Pilot one evening in the fall when it's cooler so's Asa won't ruin his suit again!
Y'all have a Blessed Day!

possum under a rock

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8275: Morning porch! Well I dont think I am that young, born in the 70's, I am just not up on my old movies. I am gonna have to do better about that. They made us watch some of them in school. I hated that movie Little Lord Fauntleroy (sp) and there was another one that I never could get into the Scarlet Pumpernickle or something like that. But Asa looked very nice last night. He even smelled like Paris Nights. Possum, thank you for helping him out like ya did. One good thing about it though that Brylcream is some good stuff. I may never have to scotch guard my seats in my car again. Just hope Mr Goss dont fuss at him too bad. Well I have rambled enough. Hubby finished 4th last night. Started in 8th out of 12 cars. So we were all proud of him. See yall later-Salty Dog

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8276: Was it a fun time though? All in all?
- Hazel

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8277: Salty, you are young if you was born in the 70's!
Well, guess what happened to me last night, my familt threw me a suprise birthday party and I WAS surprised! We had a great time and then they took me out for a steak dinner in Mt. Pilot. We had us alot of fun, and get this: the waiter at the restaurant showed me a picture of his wife and it turns out she was an old friend from high school. He had made me call her on the cell phone right then and we talked about old times. Ain't that somethin'? It's a small world. Well, gotta go, Beulah's callin me.......Boo

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8278: Good Sabbath Porch!

Annother good old classic is "The Grapes of Wrath". Watch it next time they play it on TCM. TKAM got me and my best friend A's in English in the 9th grade. Great book - made for a great book report! Teacher made us draw covers for the book (the original never had a picture cover). Being the artist that I was, that was really fun. My friend couldn't draw a lick (not a lick!), so I did her's too. I didn't consider that cheating, because I drew what she told me to.

Congrats to yer racin' hubby Salty! That's makin good time. ;-)

~ Mrs. Wiley
Mr. Goss: "Young man, gravy is nothing to laugh about!"

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8279: Happy Birthday Boo!


Birthday Cake for all!
~ Mrs. Wiley

(hope that worked)

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8280: How are you, Mrs. Wiley? Can I have some cake? No coffee, tea or punch, thank you. Happy Birthday Boo! Nice to see you, Ellen Brown.
- Hazel

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8281: Hiya Hazel... have to tell ya 8276 made me fall out of my chair. You're smart AND funny! ~ Mrs. Wiley

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8282: Hey yall. Off to work for a little while. Yes Hazel between going to the movies with Asa and Possum and going to the races all in all it was a lot of fun. Happy Birthday Boo enjoy it. I guess I am just gonna have to go to the video store and get the video of TKAM. The closest thing I can get to that is my video when Ernest T was going to kill a mockingbird in that ep Mountain Wedding. Does that count? Well I hope all your puter troubles are getting better. Mine aint acting like it feels too good either. Reckon they are "down with the pip" like Opie was in that one ep? I remember Aunt Bee saying that. Dont have a clue what the pip is but anyway it may be like Ha Ha. Well I am off to work now that I have thouroughly showed my hillbilly ignorance. And I will see yall later. --Salty Dog

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8283: Hey to the porch! I am back from my vacation and I must say that a good time was had by all. I went riding on a Harley, out to eat, and read lots of books. And speaking of books, I read To Kill A Mocking Bird, at least every six months and I also have the movie. I can remeber when I was little there was a girl in our neighborhood who was reading it and I mentioned it to my mother and she asked why Cindy was reading that "trashy" book. Now obviously my dear mother had never read the book or she was using reverse psychology cause as soon as I was old enough to understand it, it was the first thing I read. It is my all time favorite book, and I can't wait for Little Opie to get interested in reading it. We have the movie and he likes it already. I think the book is better, I agree that the movie follows the book pretty good, but there are so many things that it leaves out, like when Miss Maudie's house burns down. There are so many wonderful lines in that book, that it is hard to pick my favorite one. I love the begining when Scout is describing Maycomb, " Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum."

"Until I feared I would loose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

I always tell Little Opie, "Don't worry about anything. It's not time to worry." Well enough of that.
Just wanted to say hey!
Talk at ya later.
Fun Girl

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8284: I saw on "E Entertainment Channel" a tribute to the
Andy Griffith show.

I noticed that George Lindsey said "I'll be Goober the
rest of my life" and he seems as happy with that
reality as was Alan Hale Jr, the skipper on Gilligan's
Island. I know the skipper LOVED his public daily
portrayal as a beloved character.

I'm an actor too (just got a national agent & people
will know me and my human lovable character very soon,
as I've put a unique Mayberry sincerity in my
character). I'm ALSO now engaged as public speaker
nationwide, and in my speeches I brag on the creation
of the Andy Griffith show in my speeches. Early in
the speech, I whistle the theme song as an attention
getter and smile maker. I tell the world: "I grew up
with Opie as role model, (about my age) and that
Goober's 'Chk - Hey Andy' gesture, and Floyd's 'Ohhh
Annnnndy" are great American Icons in entertainment.

Again, if you can forward this to George or his
agent/manager/publicist, I'd appreciate it very much.
I'd be pleased to say hello and share my unique
honoring of a show that meant so much to him.


Ricky Baldwin (oh - my grandma had 20 kids by the way)
877-237-1400 toll free
614-537-8357 cell

I'd be delighted if you could forward my note to
George for me, I'd love to meet him, even if only in
an Email note.

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8285: Good evenin', dear friends...

I had a hundred things to say tonite but, on reflection, I think I'll share (on this blessed Sabbath)the prayer I recite as the alarm goes off in the morning and just as I nod off at night.
"May He support us all the day long, 'til the shades lengthen & the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed & the fever of life is over & our work is done. Then in His mercy may he give us a safe lodging & a holy rest and Peace at the last. Amen." This is from John Henry Cardinal Newman in the 19th century. Couldn't say it better. God rest you each this gentle Mayberry night. Ain't the stars bright tonite? Blessings... Jake

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8286: By the way Salty.... if you were born in the 70's I've got socks older than you! The 70's were not gentle with me.... on the other hand I gave that decade a ride, too. Just remember, neither one nor the other is "further along". We are all just fellow sojourners on our way to Him. Blessings.... Jake

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8287: Hello Porch,
It seems I missed the big trip to the show!! Ahh, well, I just got back from a weekend away. Happy Birthday Boo (a day late). Did everyone say "Boo" when they surprised you? As I post this note it's 11:00 here. I read Jake's explanation of time and all I know is I NEVER have enough!! lol Thanks for the heads up on that website for keeping kids safe, Boo. I haven't checked it out yet but I will on the morrow. Hey to famous actor to be Ricky Baldwin! Hope you have great success and can show America a "kinder, gentler" time. Well, since I'm up this late I might as well get the coffee started. Hope I don't fall asleep and forget to plug in the pot.
Nighty night
Mary Wiggins

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8288: Hey to the Porch. I hope you all had a good sabbath. It's finally raining here!

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8289: Good night, friends. --Romeena

August 04, 2002 - Msg 8290: Night porch, had to busy of a day today. Wound up working 30 extra minutes and it took me and my husband and my boss and her husband to get all the stocking and straightening done. I have two days off and I aint gonna do a durn thing. Well maybe watch a tags video. Night all, Salty Dog

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8291: thanks for all the Birthday wishes. You all are fine folk. Lord bless all of you and your families this week!----Boo

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8292: Good evening and happy belated birthday Boo! Asa - I can't believe what a mess you made going to the picture show -fur shame.
I'll be quick tonite - just wanted to say "hey" so , "hey."


p.s. I couldn't finish the Hiding Place because it made me so sad and it gave me the creeps - to think that humans could be treated the way the Jews were treated during the Holocaust. Since my daddy was a WWII vet - that time period is sometimes hard for me. . .what his young eyes must have seen and his body experienced. The local car wash has a great quote this week - Veterans, the heroes next door.

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8293: hi all will it time for me to come back.
see thing are all right . i just did not feel likeit at time.
see i was feeling sorry for myself,because i start to think about the way melife had gong .
see wind i was a kid i never go out what me siss or brot because mother would not be happy if i fall on me back the wrong way.
so i never did, but now i do thing that i like to do hat time .

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8294: hi all will it time for me to come back.
see thing are all right . i just did not feel likeit at time.
see i was feeling sorry for myself,because i start to think about the way melife had gong .
see wind i was a kid i never go out what me siss or brot because mother would not be happy if i fall on me back the wrong way.
so i never did, but now i do thing that i like to do hat time .
Just one Heart
if i can stop
one heart from breaking,
i shall not live in vain;
if i can ease
one life the aching,
or cool one pain,
or help one lonely person
into happiness again,
i shall not live in vain.

the glory of friendship is not
the outstretched hand, nor the kindly
smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that
comesto one when he discovers that
someone believes in him and is willing
to trust him with his friendship.

prayer for eveyone who can uesd one now.
love TOM .

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8295: Yaayyyyyyy! Chaplain TOM is back! Tom, you sweet thing, we have missed you and your beautiful poems so much. Please, don't ever disappear like that again. We've practically had a posse out searching for you! You're loved here on the porch, friend. So glad you're back! Sugarplum said she'll bring you some of her little carrots in celebration. -- Romeena

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8296: Tom has returned. . .okay - who is bringing what to Tom's welcome back party? I think I'll bring some hotdogs for the grill and some ice cold DIET Mt. Dew. . .


August 05, 2002 - Msg 8297: Morning porch! WELCOME BACK TOM!! Boy have we missed your poems and posts. Yall have a good day. --Salty Dog

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8298: Where is everyone today?? This ain't no way to plan a party with everyone off the porch. . .

Been to get goat feed (surprise) and new backpacks for the boys and the customary box of kleenex for the backpacks. I don't know what it is like everywhere else but almost everyone has one large box of tissues listed as school supplies. Works for me.

Well - I am off to freeze some peaches for my freezer and who knows - maybe I'll make some peach jam too!


August 05, 2002 - Msg 8299: TOM! How we've missed you! Welcome Back! Yes, homemaker, a party, that's what we need! I'll bring the potato salad! By the way, Boo Walker, I liked your baptist joke and passed it on to one of my friends! Homemaker, loved the kiss the goat idea. We're in VBS this week. Mrs. Wiley, prayers for your job situation. Welcome Jake! Hey, I'm glad you had to see the Cary Grant picture, Asa, Salty, Possum, and Jelsik cuz I wanna go see TKAM with ya'll. I'm no youngun and I've never read it or seen it. I plan on getting it the next time I go to the library. Ro, How's your daddy? Did St. Anthony ever help you find that picture you was needin'? Better get to work. Oh, by the way, I think I mentioned this before but I need worthwhile articles and ideas for a project I'm working on written by nursing home and senior facility directors or helpers. If anyone is such a person or has a close friend that might be able to write for this publication, please have them send an e-mail to: Thanks.
Charlotte Tucker

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8300: Hey, Homemaker! I just packed school supplies for all the chitlins at my son's school. They pre-bought and the Cub Scout Pack put 'em all together for each child. Some teachers specified one box of tissue and some two. All I know is the sleeves come home cleaner when the tissues are available. Oh, and I'll bring the banana puddin' for the party (Mama's recipe). Blessings, Jake

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8301: Well I reckon that I will bring Taco Salad for the picnic.With lots of veggies cut up in it. (and some baby carrots for the Plum)
I am craving some corn. I have some fresh tomatoes a friend gave me while I was on vacation and boy are they yummy. Nothin like a meal of fresh veggies straight out of the garden. Just the smell of all those fresh veggies makes your mouth water. Well I will go for now. Glad to see Brother Tom back among us and posting his wonderful poems again. We could all use some cheering up and encouraging now these days.
Have a good 'un.
Fun Girl

P.S. While on vacation I made some special chicken salad and I asked my friend, "Don't ya like it?" He said, "I had three helpings." I was just waiting for him to say ..."if that aint a testament to good eating, I don't know what is."
But alas he is not as big a TAGS fan as I am. Though we did see the one where Barney gets the whole town stirred up and everyone starts punching each other in the nose. "He's a nut."

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8302: Hooray!!! TOM, I missed you! Welcome Home Friend! I truly enjoy your poems and I'm glad you decided to "give" again! We love ya!

I'll bring the chicken quarters and a heap of BBQ sause. Who's got charcoal?

~ Mrs. Wiley

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8303: sauce. Lawdy. (sauced?)

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8304: Hey Y'all- Ain't seen Asa since we dropped him off after the picture show. Beginning to wonder if Mr. Goss at the cleaners didn't whup up on him good about messing up his suit the way he did! Asa,are you alright,or do we need to round up the posse?
Welcome to Rick! We might need ya in the posse,so don't go running off!
Happy Birthday Boo! Hope it was a good one for ya!

Y'all have a wonderful evening!

possum under a rock

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8305: Howdy. Its been a busy day. Beulah had me goin' through junk to get rid of clutter around the house. It's funny to me the way I have to keep doin that. I tell Beulah that if we make more room, we'll just fill it back up with some more junks. Well, I think I'll bring nachos and Yoohoo to the party (along with the Pepto Bismol).
"Hey" to Tom, whoever you are...-Boo


August 05, 2002 - Msg 8307: Good to see everyone checking in. . .now where in the world is Asa. . .he's probably up to no good or he's out doing bullet inspections!
Well- I'm glad the party is shaping up. . .


August 05, 2002 - Msg 8308: Hi and welcome back to Tom, although I don't think I've been rightly introduced! I'm Mary Wiggins and I though I might bring some pickles to your welcome back party!(Got the recipe from Aunt Bea!) Hey homemaker, I always had to pack kleenex for the back to school routine. Some years they even asked for paper towels! My kids are too old AND too young for school this year, ahh but next year the baby starts, (boo hoo). My (baby) is waiting for me to watch "Star Wars" with him so off I go! Have a great evening.
Mary Wiggins

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8309: Okay folks, who was it that just got back from Tampa? Am I the only one in the dark? I thought that it might be BDJ, but I didn't know if his beloved's name is Joy. (I think that I am wrong tho'. I can't remember him looking for a soybean field.)

I hope Asa didn't take his suit to the cleaners and Mr Goss punched him in the nose. I hear that is going around town, punchin' people in the nose.

Mary, we are watching "Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius"
tonight. I have seen it twice, but it is a family thing.

Have a good un ya'll.
Gonna hit the ironing board after while.
Fun Girl

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8310: Fun Girl, you've brought up an interesting subject. I wish people would sign their names to their posts, so we'll know who the heck we're talking to. There I said it. And I aint takin in back.
- Hazel

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8311: Ooops, that's "taking it back".
- Hazel again

August 05, 2002 - Msg 8312: Hey good folks- I was wondrin' what ever happened to Thelma Lou? I heard she moved off to Mt. Pilot and got married. Anybody got any details?
I know Andy married Helen, but I have to tell ya I think he should've married Peggy, the nurse. She was a real sweetheart. I think Helen can be pretty uppity and is the jealous type. Sorry to say I never liked her much. Does that make me an awful person? Beulah just told me if didn't have nothin' nice to say about someone, don't say nothin. I will say Helen was a patient person to wait so long for Andy to pop the question, especially after that little episode when Barney told everyone in town that she and Andy were getting married and they all ended up in the newlly decorated bedroom. Remember? Well, better sign off and get to bed. Adios--Boo

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8313: Boo, don't forget the time Barney took Opie and Aunt Bee to Mt. Pilot or wherever it was that Andy and Helen were at the justice of the peace payin' the fishin' license fine! Or was it drivin' without a license, I forget. He was always tryin' to marry them off. And to be right honest, I agree with you about Helen. (No offense to OUR Helen.) I thought Peggy was sweet and I liked her southern accent. She was a little citified for Andy though. Helen was just awful jealous. Remember how snotty she and Thelma Lou were up town when they'd seen the Fun Girls? (Shame on you, Fun Girl). And in them color eps with Lee Drake the lady lawyer and the movie star? I'd a probably dumped Helen for one of them. Hope I don't start a moulage! But if I do, I'll blame it on you, Boo. Now back to our party for Tom. I got the potato salad covered and I see someone is bringin' taco salad, Asa is bringing his appetiite and there will be baby carrots for Sugar Plum but who's bringing the ramps? Salty? Mavis? Where's all you southerners anyways? I got fresh sweet corn here in Illinois, I can bring some of that too.
Hey to you and yours!
Charlotte Tucker

Dumb censor! Can't even spell appetiite right!

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8314: I realy injoyed the Taylors front porch i give 3 thumbs up Keith Bagby

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8315: Deric Bagby says it was verey good

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8316: Deric Bagby says it was verey good

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8317: Deric Bagby says it was verey good

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8318: Hey yall off to bed. Got a email from Asa and he is having puter troubles at home and at work. So he said he would have to be quiet for a few days. Well CT ramps aint in right now but I can bring some fresh okra (okry around here) if ya want me to. And some peach cheesecake delight stuff that I make. See yall in the morning--Salty Dog

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8319: Mornin' Y'all! Sorry that Asa's having computer trouble,but maybe that's better than him having "Mr. Goss trouble"! Wonder what's the matter with his computers? Y'all reckon Asa got brylcreme on his modem or mouse or something? Think we're gonna have to find Asa something other than brylcreme to slick down with-maybe Floyd has something good over at the barber shop.
I'll bring a jug of sweet tea to the party-y'all don't want ME to cook! Ha Ha
Everybody have a wonderful day!

possum under a rock

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8320: For Asa.

The incant for when your computer's got the pip.
First get the spring water and have a sip.
Then take a shovel and bury these things:
(Believe me, this will even cure the mange)
Knob of monitor, tail of mouse,
any computer book from around the house,
keyboard with its row of keys.
(Keep going, bear with me please)
Then say this: "Upgrade, download, browser, host,
webpage, internet, domain, link, post."
Then shout: "NIP IT NIP IT NIP IT", and jump around a lot.
Remember, this might work. Yeah but it might not.

- Hazel

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8321: Just checking something, was Peggy the woman that bested Andy at shootin and then let him have it verbally for the way he treated her? If that's not Peggy then please tell me who is? Oh, and by the way good morning Mayberry!
Mary Wiggins

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8322: Hazel, just as I posted your's came up. Very clever, I am going to have to write that incant down just in case!
Mary Wiggins

August 06, 2002 - Msg 8323: By golly Hazel, yer a genius. Wonders never cease. Sorry for my being gone. There were some sites I just couldn't access, this being one of them. Had to do one of them there defrags.
Anyway, I am back and thanks for worrying about me.
When we was coming back from the picture show, Salty pulled over and said her truck had run out of oil. Well I know this little game, having played it myself once or twice (I would run out of gas though), so I was prepared to enjoy what she and possum had planned. Boy, they took me by the hair and started to wring all the brylcreem out of it, and put it in the crank case. Said they got enough to do 3 oil changes. Needless to say It was quite the let down for me.:(
Anyway, thanks for your concern, and welcome back Tom. Real good to see you back with us. Hope you can see that you are loved by many folks here.
Mary, the woman you are thinking of is Thelma Lou's cousin, Karen from Askasas I think. Peggy was the town Nurse for a few episodes. She came over and cooked for Andy when Aunt Bee was gone, and had the rich Daddy with the grain elevators, and went fishing with Andy and Opie but didn't want to talk to the worms. And I agree, Andy let a good one get away. Oh well.
Ya'll be good today and make me proud. I gots a misereble headache today. Anyone want to nurse me back to health?